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Friday, 22 April 2011 12:35

the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans

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  • What needs to happen in the UK to see both Government and Corporations adopt this principle?


  • Is Bournemouth Council's decision to adopt the Earth Charter the first (and only?) step in this direction?


  • stakeholders

"Bournemouth is the first local authority in the UK to endorse the Earth Charter Initiative"

20th February 2008

Demonstrating commitment and responsibility to global issues is not just an empty promise. Following today’s (Wednesday, 20th February) Cabinet meeting Bournemouth Councillors have made the decision to endorse and adopt the principles outlined in the Earth Charter.

The Council has agreed to promote the Charter’s aims and objectives in line with its own duties, functions and responsibilities and corporate plan priorities. The Charter sets out principles which include; sustainable living, equality and diversity, transparency and accountability in governance and promoting a culture of tolerance, non-violence and peace.

Councillor Robert Lawton said: “It’s fantastic that we are the first council in the UK to endorse this Charter. We believe that many of the Charter’s principles and objectives mirror the Council’s corporate plan priorities specifically the ongoing good work to improve our environment such as our recycling and waste minimisation campaign. I hope other Councils will follow in our footsteps and sign up to this Charter.”

Rabbi Neil Amswych, Principal Rabbi of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue who asked the Council to consider the Charter said: "I'm very happy that our Council has agreed to such an important moral long-term vision. I'm very excited to see which elements of the Earth Charter our Council first decides to act on."

The Council has agreed to sign up for to the initiative for the next 12 months and to review the endorsement at the end of this period.

Background notes

The Earth Charter Initiative is an international declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century.

The Charter has 16 fundamental principles split into 4 broad headings:

  • Respect and Care for the Community of Life
  • Ecological Integrity
  • Social and Economic Justice
  • Democracy, Non-violence and Peace
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